Shop Small Business Saturday
20 Front Street in Lake Orion hosted the 2018 Oakland County Small Business Saturday prize winners’ reception (from left to right): First place winner of $5,000 from North American Bancard, Lauri Lombardi (Rochester); Brittany Newton, Bank of Ann Arbor, sponsor of the $2,000 second prize to Carla Tousley (Lake Orion); Belinda Turner-Dubois, CEED Lending, sponsor of the $1,000 prize to small business winners Ray and Emily Rath of Pigeon in the Parlour (Holly); Autumn Perry-MacClaren, Bishop International Airport, sponsor of $500 travel voucher third place winner; presenter Dr. Timothy Meyer, deputy Oakland County executive; and Greg Doyle, manager of Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center and the county’s Small Business Saturday program.
Holiday shopping turned lucrative for three area residents as they shared $7,500 in cash and prizes, just for making a purchase at an Oakland County brick-and-mortar business during the county’s Small Business Saturday promotion.
A record 1,992 shopping receipts totaling $145,000 were submitted by shoppers who wanted a chance to win $7,500 in cash and prizes. The total spent was a 47 percent increase from last year and the number of receipts increased 58 percent when the promotion lasted eight days instead of just one.
“This was our most successful Small Business Saturday yet, with an unprecedented number of holiday shoppers supporting independent stores, restaurants and other businesses across Oakland County,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “The contest provided three lucky winners with some extra holiday cheer and local businesses that are the lifeblood of so many communities were the beneficiaries.”
Click here to read the News Release from Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs.